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Iron Bridge Road bridge

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coming downhill, NW, onto the bridge

Photo taken by Andrew Pearce in August 2012

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BH Photo #237573

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Description 

Galvanized Girder bridge, skewed nearly 45 degrees to RR. Bridge is also at an angle to the road, turning sharply to the right as you come downhill. This makes the bridge nearly a blind corner all by itself.

Bridge shows no signs of rusting. Timber deck is in great shape. Side channels are bolted together, not welded. The train tracks are said to be abandoned, but appear to be in excellent and usable condition.

Whatever the 1852 bridge was, it is completely gone.

Facts 

Overview
Girder bridge over abandoned Raritan Valley Line on Iron Bridge Road
Location
Bethlehem, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1852; new bridge installed 1900, rehabilitated 2002
Railroads
- Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ)
- New Jersey Transit (NJTR)
Design
Galvanized Girder bridge, skewed nearly 45 degrees to RR. Bridge is also at an angle to the road, turning sharply to the right as you come downhill. This makes the bridge nearly a blind corner all by itself.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 46.9 ft.
Total length: 50.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Also called
Raritan Valley Line Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.68806, -75.00056   (decimal degrees)
40°41'17" N, 75°00'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/499953/4504129 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bloomsbury
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
118
Inventory numbers
NJ 1061165 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 53170 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 64.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 29, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 5, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • September 26, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "New Jersey Transit"
  • August 14, 2012: Updated by Andrew Pearce: Added category "Skewed"

Sources 

  • Geoff Hubbs